The religious right in America have always had a loud voice, but with the election of the first African-American in United States history, their voice has never been louder. One of the media megaphones of the religious right and the conservative movement is none other than the cable news network, Fox News.
The loudest voice in the right-wing media, Fox News has been vocal in their opposition toward President Obama since he was campaigning to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2007. One of their largest criticisms has been the president's religious beliefs. Whether it's fanatical "birthers" questioning President Obama's place of birth or Christian extremists claiming the president is a radical Muslim, Fox News has given them all a platform and have often agreed with them in the process.
During an episode of "Hannity," Fox News radio host, Todd Starnes accused the Obama administration of attempting a "Christian cleansing" of the United States military.
The U.S. military released a statement, re-enforcing the fact that "proselytization" was not permitted regardless of the religion in question, but that soldiers were allowed to share their faith as long as they don't harass others.
"Under the Obama administration we've seen a Christian cleansing of the United States military. Dozens and dozens of incidences of Christianity under-attack. This most recent incident occurred a few days ago when Mikey Weinstein, who is the head of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, had a meeting at the Pentagon where he was urging them, the military, to enforce regulations that he believes would result in the Court Martial, proselytizing, sharing their faith. The military, the pentagon, issued a statement to me on Monday. They said that proselytizing was against the Department of Defense regulations. After our story came out, they walked back that statement and they said they do believe in "sharing your faith," that soldiers are allowed to do that."
Fox News and their guests claim that President Obama is trying to rid the military of Christianity, despite following the same rules and regulations that have been in place for years. One could only wonder what the reaction from Fox News would be if a Muslim, Jew or Atheist was "proselytizing" their beliefs to Christian soldiers in the U.S. military.
"Religious proselytization is not permitted within the Department of Defense. Court Martials and non-judicial punishments are decided on a case-by-case basis."